A Louisana high school just got a lot safer thanks to a group of dads. A “Dads on Duty” group was formed to patrol the school after several fights broke out within the span of just three days, leading to 23 total arrests.
The Caddo Parrish Sherrif’s Office released a statement saying that on Friday, September 17, 2021, they arrested the eight students after having arrested 14 others just the day before due to student fighting.
One conflict was between a group of girls, aged 14-17, who got into a fight at an apartment complex the night before. That fight carried over into school and resulted in multiple arrests. All of the students involved were suspended and released back to their families, but there was still cause for concern for the remaining kids at school.
According to KSLA News 12, the school system was beginning to have issues with gangs, and Caddo Parish Superintendent Dr. T. Lamar Goree stressed that gang-related activities wouldn’t be tolerated at school.
Southwood increased its security measures, but many parents were still concerned. KSLA News 12 noted that school board member Tony Nations said, “I have had several phone calls from parents expressing concerns about the safety of their students at schools.”
Wanting to do something about the issue, some parents decided to take things into their own hands and formed a group called Dads on Duty. The group was made of around 40 dads who take shifts patrolling the school.
Since they started showing up to school and interacting with the students, no more fights have broken out. Students have reported better energy at school, more kids going to class, and an overall better learning environment.
Because their group is proving to be so successful, Dads on Duty is hoping to expand to other high schools across Louisana and eventually, across the nation.
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